Italy looks to the future with law governing Olympic Games, ATP Finals

Members of the delegation of Milan/Cortina d'Ampezzo 2026 react after it was elected to host the Olympic Winter Games (by PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

The Italian Parliament has signed into law the decree that will govern the organisation of the 2026 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the ATP Finals men’s tennis event, with Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora stating the news confirms the “vital importance” of sport for Italy’s economic recovery from Covid-19.

The Senate yesterday passed the decree with 225 votes in favour, none against and one abstention, electing not to alter the text of a law that will govern the Olympics through four separate bodies.

The organising committee for the 2026 Games in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Milano Cortina 2026 Foundation, was officially created in December after the joint bid landed the hosting rights in June by defeating a bid from Swedish rival Stockholm 47-34 in a vote by International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.

Milano Cortina 2026 will be overseen by four bodies including an Olympic Council made up of the regions, autonomous provinces, government and the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI). A private law foundation – chaired by CONI president Giovanni Malagò with Milano Cortina 2026 chief executive Vincenzo Novari as managing director – will handle the sporting element as the organising committee of the Games.

A public infrastructure agency will handle the development projects needed for the Olympics, while an Olympic Forum will oversee the sustainability and legacy of the Games. The decree has also signed into law measures designed to combat ambush marketing around the two events.

In April 2019, men’s tennis tour the ATP confirmed that Turin would succeed London as host of its ATP Finals from 2021-2025. The ATP Finals will be governed by an organising committee led by the Mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino.

Commenting on the approval of the law, Spadafora said in a statement: “This is a sign of hope and optimism for the future, which confirms the vital importance of sport for the economic recovery of our country.

“In fact, this provision will immediately generate an important boost for economic recovery, especially in the territorial areas most affected by the Coronavirus, and will have a positive impact on the job opportunities of young people.

“The Milano-Cortina 2026 Olympic and Paralympic winter Games, and the ATP Finals in Turin, will be a lever for restarting after much suffering on the whole national territory and on all sectors of our economy.”